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  • The Church Is Broken
    It is disturbing! Is the church really broken? Thom Schultz in his book, Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore, gives some sobering statistics concerning the state of the church. He says,* With over 350,000 churches across America, only a few are showing true growth.* 40% of Americans "say" they attend church but only 20% actually do.* Every year 4,000 churches close their doors while only 1,000 new churches are started.* Every year, 2.7 million church members fall into inactivity.* Half of all churches in the U.S. did not add any new members.These are just a few statistics that the church is facing. One other trend shows that by the year 2020, 85% of Americans won't worship God at church! Wow! With only about 15% of people claiming to follow Jesus attending church, the church is broken!I believe when we return to a full understanding of the Gospel that we say we believe in, revival among churches will happen. Maybe the church has drifted into "issues" and moved away from the life-saving message. Maybe in some of the "worship wars" we all have lost. Maybe bible debates instead of biblical beliefs has caused us to pause . Something has happened... Read more »
  • The Gospel
    Without the Gospel, the church really doesn't have any good news!The gospel is at the heart of everything the church does and says. The gospel is the only truly good news the world needs to hear. Everything springs from the gospel. The cross at the center of the gospel. The cross is the fullest expression of God's love for all mankind. Without the cross we have no hope!Has the cross truly gripped your soul? The cross is not a trinket to be worn around the neck. The cross is power of God to save the soul. The cross is not an object to display but the work of God to place our faith. When the cross grips your soul it changes everything about you. It changes why you do what you do. It changes how you see things and how you receive things. It changes our response to God from fear to faith. The cross truly changes everything! God has chosen to draw the world to Himself through those who have placed their faith in Christ. The cross is alive and powerful today through believers.Has the cross gripped your soul? The mission of our lives spring from the cross. The... Read more »
  • The Wonder of Worship
    The Gettys produced a song several years ago entitled, "Don't Let Me Lose My Wonder." The first time I heard this song I was deeply moved. The song reminds us that God is in the little things as well as the big things. When we see a spider's web it shows the wonder of God. Each and every day is filled with God's great gifts for us.We can easily loose our wonder of worship. As we gather weekly, worship can become a calendar event or just another activity of the weekend. I've even heard some remark that if they miss church on Sunday it throws their whole week off as their calendar is messed up.I believe one way to keep the wonder in worship is to keep our wonder of God. Remembering His greatness as well as our intimacy with Him each day keeps us amazed at Him. When we have a full wonderment of God, our worship is ignited!I pray that the next opportunity of worship, you will take the time and renew your wonder of God. Place your focus on Him instead of all the other things surrounding worship. Sing, lift up His name from a heart of... Read more »
  • Church Family
    Recently I had surgery that caused me to be out for a few weeks. Certainly not the way I wanted to have vacation! While the recuperation time was necessary, I had a very difficult time being out of the pulpit. I'm not one to miss very often. My church family was, and is, very understanding. They are great prayer warriors that lifted me up daily. While my procedures were not life threatening, they did knock me down for a few weeks. I called on the staff to step in and they did a tremendous job!I was reminded that being away from church can really get you down. Missing the sweet fellowship and powerful family worship experiences was depressing. I couldn't wait to return to my family of families! I know it is good to take a break from time to time for refreshment and renewal. There are times needed to re-charge the batteries. But I can't understand choosing to not be a part of a church family coming together each week to lift up the Savior and fellowship with believers. To willingly miss worship each week as a child of God is so disturbing. Have we forgotten the love of... Read more »
  • Announcements
    Announcements get our attention. Vital information is about to be shared so we listen up. I worked for many years as a professional sports announcer. I saw more baseball games, basketball games, and even rodeo events than I can ever remember. I loved them all. My job was to inform, entertain, and describe the action. It was a lot of fun most of the time. It was really great when the game or event was exciting and came down to the last pitch or the last second!The scriptures are full of great announcemts from Genesis to Revelation. God announcing creation, the flood, the commandments, and His birth just recall a few. Jesus announced on the cross, "It is Finished!" There is another announcement that moves me each time I read it in the scriptures. In Matthew 28:5-7 , we read of the angel announcing the greatest news of all, "He is not here, He is risen!" This announcement changed everything about us! Jesus conquered death for us. We can have eternal life because of this great victory!This Easter Sunday I will be preaching on this great announcement. I hope you will be able to be in church this Easter to... Read more »
  • Family Tree
    I have not done an in depth research of my family tree but I do believe that your family tree is important. I know of a few generations of my predecessors but not extensively. I think I'm maybe a little bit scared of what I might find!We have a spiritual family tree that goes all the way back to the cross. It is filled with interesting characters, unbelievable miracles, and even martyrs for the faith. The Bible records for us the beginning of our family tree which is Jesus. Now that is an exciting family tree!I am preparing a sermon from 2 Corinthians 2:17-3:3 that is a reminder that we should invest our lives in people. The apostle Paul states that our greatest letter of recommendation is the changed lives of people around us. People can look good on paper and very poor in person. Resumes are written to tell how wonderful a person is, and mostly to get a job. Resumes can be misleading but changed lives are indelible. This begs the question as to what are the people around you like? Are they gossipers? Distorters of the truth? Rumor participants? People who hurt the church? Complainers? If so, then... Read more »
  • Anniversary
    It is hard to believe that I became senior pastor of Santuck Baptist three years ago! Wow! Time has really flown by. Three years ago this wonderful church family extended the call for me and my wife, Charlene, to plant our lives in this great church. We moved to this wonderful community excited about what God was doing. As a visionary leader, I am always looking forward to see where God is working. Over these three years God has blessed us with a very exciting vision. Santuck is more of an area church as we draw people from several counties. Our vision is very challenging and God-sized for sure. The Lord has blessed us with an additional 67 acres which was much needed for this vision to become reality. We have focused on growing deeper as we grow wider. Many of our members have a deeper walk with Jesus than ever before. We are more of a "sending" church than a "seating " church. Many evaluate a church based on how many come instead of how many disciples are being made, how many are serving, how many are sharing the gospel. Jesus never said to come to Him and He... Read more »
  • God is Moving
    What an interesting title, "God is Moving." This phrase can be read in many different ways such as suggesting that God is relocating. It could be understood as God is changing His mind. Neither of these are what I want to talk about but the fact that His presence is "moving" among us. As in chapter two of Acts, God moved as a mighty rushing wind. The Holy Spirit came once and for all to reside in the hearts of His followers. God moved in to stay.God's presence is so real in our services at Santuck Baptist Church. Lifting up our voices together in praise and centering on the preaching of God's Word is so refreshing each and every week. God is moving in and through His people. When God moves His followers have a choice. They can run away from His presence. They can stand by and watch. But the best response is to join in obedience and respond to His call. Joining Him in His work is the greatest call on our lives.I want to encourage you to join God in what He is doing. Our world desperately needs His powerful presence in the lives of His followers.... Read more »
  • Amazing Times
    We live in an amazing time for Christianity! We are on the edge of the Great Commission being fulfilled in our generation. Right now in the United States we celebrate a government that is tolerant to our Christian values and views. Many laws that have stood in the way of biblical morality may be changed very soon. The doors are opening wide for the church to stand tall and impact our nation and the world for the cause of Christ!Rhetoric will not do the job.  Active obedience of going into the world and sharing the gospel is required. The church is the only institution that God has given His Word and the command to be His hands and feet as well as voice. We now have no excuse for not getting the job done! International change begins with individual change. Church as usual will not get the job done. Preaching and teaching "heart warming" sermons will not work. There is a call to preach the truth of the whole gospel. Sin must be dealt with, people must be loved, and the fellowship must be strengthened.These are exciting days as we see the hand of God moving and stirring among His... Read more »
  • Christmas 2016
    Christmas is full of miracles... at least in the scriptures. Luke records some of the most amazing things around the birth of Christ. I encourage you to read the Christmas story beginning with the first chapter in Luke. Often we read the Christmas story beginning in Luke chapter 2 and miss some amazing things.The angel Gabriel announced to Zechariah that he and Elizabeth were going to have a baby named John, even though they were senior adults! This miracle was a forerunner to the message Mary and Joseph received. Amazingly, Zechariah and Elizabeth were related to Mary and Joseph. Zechariah received this announcement while he was serving his one and only time in the temple offering incense. God's timing is perfect. God used Elizabeth to comfort and encourage Mary, as well as confirm the miraculous message given. Just as God prepared Zechariah and Elizabeth, as well as Mary and Joseph, for the coming of Jesus; God prepares your heart to receive the Christ child. Have you truly embraced the miracle God wants to do in you? Have you received His most precious gift through His Son?This Christmas can truly be a miracle for you!From the Heart,Pastor BR... Read more »